Norwegian blackened punk metal enigmas KVELERTAK have spent the last week and a half punishing the U.S. with their explosive live rituals alongside co-headliners Skeletonwitch. Their first official tour in the U.S. will come to a close tomorrow at SUNY Purchase College:
10/29/2011 SUNY Purchase College – Purchase, NY
KVELERTAK played a secret late-night gig at Saint Vitus bar in Brooklyn last Friday, October 21, mere hours after decimating Club Europa (also in Brooklyn) as part of the MetalSucks/MetalInjection/1000Knives CMJ showcase. The band decided to play a different set than from their previous performance that night, and even pulled out a brand new track. A two-cam bootleg of the live track can be found below:
Watch more bootlegs from the secret show at HERE.
KVELERTAK released a limited-edition, deluxe CD/DVD re-issue of their genre-defying self-titled debut via Prosthetic Records late last month in North America. The package includes four live audio tracks, two demos, three music videos, five live videos, documentaries, extended artwork, a poster and more. Produced by Kurt Ballou and mixed by Alan Douches with artwork by John Baizley and guest appearances by Hoest (Taake), Andreas Tylden (JR Ewing and Altaar), Ivar Nikolaisen (Silver), and Ryan McKenney (Trap Them), Kvelertak was certified Gold in Norway and one of 2010’s most acclaimed underground releases. The new deluxe version is limited to 5,000 copies worldwide.
“KVELERTAK lives up to expectations, and is one of those CDs you can put on repeat and enjoy all day long.” — About.com
“The sheer number of great songs on here is the most stunning part about it. Nothing even approaches filler.” — Blabbermouth
“Rock ‘n’ roll, metal, and punk all collide to form an absolutely raucous first album that’s loud, confrontational, largely indecipherable, and most of all, huge, huge fun.” — Popmatters
“Kvelertak the album abounds with such richness, openness, joy and hedonism. It somehow captures an entire history in its 49 minutes. It is timeless and multitudinous, but so urgent and immediate that it could not have existed in any other instant except this one.” — Long Island Press
“…the erudite and unstoppable three-axe riff barrage and leather razor strop vocals of Erlend Hjelvik make this a release that will fire up the polemics machine.” — Hellbound
“the best Norwegian band since A-Ha,” — Kerrang! Magazine
..”an absolute monster of a record…” — Blistering
“This simply rules.” — Exclaim
“…this record is the vinyl that’s spun at the height of hedonism, these songs blast of blasphemy made flesh where the chemical-spiked Jager (don’t try that at home) flows as freely as water while the record spins at maximum volume for maximum impact.” — Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles